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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #125 on: December 01, 2019, 12:27:54 PM »
A second round of heavy snow over the Thanksgiving weekend dumped more than 19 inches on Duluth, and city officials advised Sunday morning that some parts of the city were "completely impassable." Duluth and much of the North Shore remained under a blizzard warning until noon Sunday.

Duluth officials asked residents to stay off the city's main roads. Access to Duluth's Park Point neighborhood across the Aerial Lift Bridge was limited to residents only, with police checking IDs at the bridge.

The National Weather Service said more than 19 inches of snow fell in Duluth as of 6 a.m., with another 1 to 3 inches expected before the storm moves out of the region. Cloquet recorded 19.5 inches.

A portion of Interstate 35 southwest of Duluth was closed Saturday night, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, although MnDOT cameras showed some traffic moving Sunday morning.

City authorities are taking a no-nonsense approach to keeping people safe in the Lake Superior canal area, which remains covered by the National Weather Service's larger blizzard warning.

Wind gusts of 50 plus miles per hour whipped up huge waves Saturday on Lake Superior, causing flooding at Canal Park, and knocked down branches and power lines in some areas.


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Access to Park Point in the canal area is limited Sunday to residents, and police are checking identifications at the Aerial Lift Bridge before allowing anyone to continue on, according to the latest update from city spokeswoman Kate Van Daele.

Street near the lake that remain closed because of high water include Morse, Buchanan, and the far end of Canal Park Drive, Van Daele said.

Snowplows have been out since 2 a.m. and will continue out clearing main roads and turn their attention to residential streets, she said.

"Please stay home and shelter in place until further notice," Van Daele said.

A notice posted online shortly after 10 a.m. by the city said that "main roads are plowed but need to be [reserved] for emergency vehicles and plows only. Many areas like Canal Park are completely impassable. Most businesses are closed or have not yet opened, so again, please stay home and stay safe."

The Bentleyville holiday light display, Miller Hill Mall and the Glensheen mansion in Duluth all closed Saturday because of the weather. Duluth Transit Authority buses stopped running.

To the west in Aitkin County as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff's Office reported that unplowed roads have 12 to 18 inches of snow. Roads that have been plowed are now "snow-packed, slippery and subject to drifting due to blowing snow," a Sheriff's Office statement read.

"Please continue to wait on any plans to travel today," the statement continued. "If you do go out, be sure to have an emergency kit as delays for emergencies and tows remain very long."

Across Minnesota, the State Patrol said that from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, it tallied 187 crashes, with 21 injuries and no deaths. There also were 314 vehicles that spun out or left the road and three semitrailer trucks that jackknifed.

Conditions were better in the Twin Cities, where a winter weather advisory was in effect till noon Sunday, with another 1 to 3 inches of snow during the daytime amid winds gusting up to 30 mph.

By Monday, the weather in the metro should be mostly sunny but colder, with highs in the lower 20s, the Weather Service said.
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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #126 on: December 02, 2019, 12:54:24 PM »
Is 19" an unusually high amount from a snow storm in much of Minnesota?

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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #127 on: December 02, 2019, 05:22:06 PM »
Yes....But I believe the wind was coming off the East which is Lake Superior. 
The cold, moist  air lifted off the lake, uphill into the city  and became snow. Lake Effect Snow.
The phenomenon is not unusual for Duluth, but 19 is overboard.

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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #128 on: December 02, 2019, 05:27:11 PM »
Lake Effect Snow.
Everyone from Cleveland to Syracuse knows all about that stuff.

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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #129 on: December 03, 2019, 01:37:08 PM »
Very rude awakening when you are just trying to get the morning paper from the porch! By the way, where is the porch?
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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #130 on: December 03, 2019, 03:54:58 PM »
I knew I should have moved my snowblower into the kitchen..
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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #131 on: December 04, 2019, 11:27:39 AM »
The last time the Oklahoma City area had a big snow somewhat resembling the above picture was the famous Christmas Eve Blizzard of 2009.   It snowed 14 inches, breaking a record set since 1890.  It was bad timing for last minute Christmas shoppers.



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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #132 on: December 04, 2019, 02:07:56 PM »
The last time the Oklahoma City area had a big snow somewhat resembling the above picture was the famous Christmas Eve Blizzard of 2009.   It snowed 14 inches, breaking a record set since 1890.  It was bad timing for last minute Christmas shoppers.


I remember that. It was a crazy storm. Warmer here than in OK.  You had more snow. 
Some places here had 6 inches, others none.....and the distance was a few miles.
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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #133 on: December 06, 2019, 03:37:50 AM »
The last time the Oklahoma City area had a big snow somewhat resembling the above picture was the famous Christmas Eve Blizzard of 2009.   It snowed 14 inches, breaking a record set since 1890.  It was bad timing for last minute Christmas shoppers.


I remember that. It was a crazy storm. Warmer here than in OK.  You had more snow. 
Some places here had 6 inches, others none.....and the distance was a few miles.

It works similar with ice storms here.  Stillwater has dodged bad ice storms before, while a neighboring town got hard hit. A couple of out of town co-workers in hard hit areas had to put up with electricity being out for as long as a week.  There has only been one bad ice storm in Stillwater since the century began.

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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #134 on: December 07, 2019, 07:01:26 AM »
October mean temp 76.4
November mean temp 63
That's a huge drop.
The roller coaster ride continues.

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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #135 on: December 07, 2019, 07:05:20 AM »
Yes....But I believe the wind was coming off the East which is Lake Superior. 
The cold, moist  air lifted off the lake, uphill into the city  and became snow. Lake Effect Snow.
The phenomenon is not unusual for Duluth, but 19 is overboard.


Dave that's insane!
Kind of immune to that stuff down here. I heard about it but never bothered to read up on it.

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Re: Fall/Winter '19/'20
« Reply #136 on: Yesterday at 03:54:56 AM »
Wow, some rarefied air here for December, thunderstorms! =D>